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Dear Guest,

Wishing you a very warm welcome to our cottages. It has taken us several years to restore our beloved Turin Nurin cottage and we really hope you enjoy your stay here.

We have put together this information brochure to give you some information on the cottage, our estate and the local area.

Kind Regards

Tanya & George Macleod


Turin Nurin was discovered in the depths of the Distillery Wood by the current owners of the estate. 

In 2011, after clear felling the lower section of the forest, the ruins of the cottage were exposed – with the majority of the walls having collapsed to floor level. With care, the original stonework was reassembled around the outside of a brand new and eco-friendly building.

Turin Nurin originally was divided into two sections – a barn for cattle on the south side, and living quarters on the north side. The last known occupants moved out in 1905 and it was left to deteriorate.
Turin Nurin Cottage lies in the same footprint as the original cottage however boasts many additional features including the vaulted ceiling, porch, utility room (and beautiful indoor bathrooms!) 

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High speed Wi-Fi is available in the cottage. Connect to the network and use password 'Turinnurin' to access

Your TV in the living room is connected to a Freesat system allowing you to access many channels of live TV

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To be respectful to the next visitors to Turin Nurin;

  • Please do not allow your pet dog on the sofa or on the beds

  • A bed and a towel has been provided for your pet dog

  • Pet dog poo bags have been provided to allow the countryside walks to be poo free

  • Please take a dog lead with you as there are (pet) red deer roaming the area as we have a deer fence surrounding the boundary which keeps them in.

As you are staying in the countryside, we ask you to be aware of dangers around the property;

  • There is a burn running through the grounds of the property

  • Storm gates are fitted within the burn at the rear of the property

  • There is a pond close to the property – it is deep

Some additional information;

  • The cottage has a wood burning stove. This is a feature and not for use. 

  • We have provided you with some wood for the BBQ

  • In room heating controls are not activated: The cottage has an automatic under-floor heating system:

  • If you feel the cottage too warm/cold then please use adjustment panel in the kitchen.

There is an abundance of wildlife in and around Melfort Estate;

  • Please close the gates when entering/leaving at all times as this keeps our red deer from roaming on to neighbouring land as our neighbours do have stalking rights

  • This will also ensure that Sika Deer aren’t able to nibble the tops of our newly planted trees

  • A pair of binoculars are available for you to take on your walks as you will be able to spot Red Kites and Grouse Golden Eagles, Red Squirrels and plenty rabbits.



Our water supply is of a very high standard and comes from a private water well sourced directly from the Monaliadth Mountains. The water is double filtered and passed through a UV light to ensure purity. You are invited to drink straight from the tap.


As our cottage is connected to a septic tank waste disposal, we ask you not to flush any strong chemicals down the drains as these can be harmful to the natural bacteria within.


The cottage is heated through an underfloor heating system. Designed to be of very high efficiency, and low impact on the environment, this system is run using a combination of ground source and solar evacuated tube systems.

The system is set to regulate the temperature in the cottage at a comfortable level. In-room adjustment dials are not connected and to regulate the temperature, you are welcome to open windows and allow fresh air in. Alternatively, you are invited to call us and we will pop in and adjust the system up/down.

The wood burning stove in the sitting room is for display only – we ask you not to use this.



The kitchen is equipped with an electric fan oven, hob as well as a microwave oven. Other appliances are all located in the utility room – washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge, freezer and dishwasher. Tablets for the washing machine and dishwasher have been provided for your convenience. An ironing board and iron are also available in the utility room.

Access to the property:

Please drive slowly over the gravel roads when entering/exiting Distillery Wood as we have frequent dog-walkers. Please close the gates behind you when entering/leaving. 


You are welcome to explore Distillery Wood during your stay at Turin Nurin Cottage.


As this is a forest, stalking and tree planting/harvesting may on occasion take place on the northern side of the forest. For this reason, we ask you to stick to main walking pathways as shown on the above map.


Tracks in good condition which are suitable for walkers of all skills are coloured in green.

Tracks which are in poorer condition or have steep inclines have been coloured in red.

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There is a playpark off Old Mill Road which is ideal for children to play featuring swings, climbing frames and a skate park.

At the Strathdearn Hub, home to the community shop and cafe, you will find a playpark suited to younger children with a see-saw, ground level trampoline and slide. There is also a covered astro-turf pitch which can be hired by the hour.

Whilst you are staying with us, we encourage you to explore the village of Tomatin and the Strathdearn Valley. More information on local sites of interest can be found on the community website:


The Strathdearn Community facility can be found in the centre of the village. Available for daily hire, the community owns 4 e-bikes to allow you to explore the area further.

For more information, visit


Our village farm shop is in the heart of Tomatin, adjacent to the community hall and is open seven days a week. Selling a range of products such as newspapers, organic fruit and vegetables, groceries, tobacco, wine and spirits.

Ice cream counter

Fresh homemade sandwiches

Honey supplied from the next hamlet in Moy

Artisan preserves, conserves and mustards

Local bakery

Butcher meats

Gifts and souvenirs

01808 511 709

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday 7.30-6pm

Saturday & Sunday 9-5pm


Operated by 3 Bridges, the Tomatin Cafe is located in The Strathdearn community hub at the centre of the village. Enjoy cooked breakfasts or lighter breakfast rolls in the morning. Lunchtime offering includes fresh sandwiches and wraps and cooked meals from burgers to curries. A popular spot for locals and visitors from Inverness and Aviemore.

In the summer, owner Charlotte, opens into the evenings to welcome locals and visitors - be sure to give them a call ahead though so they can have a table set for you.

01808 511 709

Summer Opening Hours

Sunday - Thursday 9-5pm

Friday & Saturday 9-9pm (last orders 8pm)


At present, we are not aware of any independent retailers delivering to Tomatin​

Duncan Fraser Butchers (Click and Collect)

Quality meat available for collection from centre of Inverness

Order Online

Swansons Fruit & Veg (Click and Collect - delivery may be available)

Local fruit & vegetables available for collection from Longman, Inverness

Order Online

Several large retailers offer delivery services to Tomatin

Sainsburys (from Nairn store)

G​roceries delivered to your door from Sainsburys.

Order Online

Asda (from Inverness store)

G​roceries delivered to your door from Asda.

Order Online or Click & Collect

Morrisons (from Inverness store)

G​roceries delivered to your door from Morrisons.

Order Online or Click & Collect


There are currently no food delivery services which cover Tomatin.


Collection from Tomatin

Home Comforts - 3 Bridges at the Strathdearn - collection of cooked meals from local cafe/restaurant- 01808 511709

Collection from Inverness

Chinese - Millburn Takeaway - easy to access from A9 -01463 713222

Indian - Wee Delhi - easy to access from A9 -01463 771600

Fish & Chips - The Codfather 2 - easy to access from A9 -01463 771333

Collection from Aviemore​

Pizza - Cheese and Tomatin - quality sourdough pizza with easy parking for collection - 01479 811565


Telephone Numbers

NHS 24 - 111

iT Taxis Inverness- 01463 222 222

Raigmore Hospital Inverness- 01463 704 000

Inshes Vets Inverness 01463 711 777  (day time and emergency number)

Crown Medical Practice- 01463 214 450

Castle House Dental Practice- 01463 234 598


Train Station

There is a main train station in Inverness with trains operating to Glasgow, Edinburgh, London and also further north. It is located 25 minutes’ drive from Tomatin (operated by Scotrail- 03448110141)

Aviemore train station is located 25 minutes’ drive from Tomatin- 01479 810725


Inverness Bus Station 

Inverness Bus Station runs daily buses to Edinburgh, Glasgow and surrounding areas. It also provides local transport in and around the Inverness area and is located 25 minutes’ drive from Tomatin- 01463 233 371

Tomatin is also on the main Stagecoach Bus Network with a Bus Stop within the village.


Inverness Airport

Inverness Airport operate daily flights within the UK and also to selected parts of Europe. It is located 30 mins form Tomatin-01667 464 000

Car Hire

Focus Vehicle Rental in Inverness - a great local company with quality, clean cars & vans - 01463 709517


Within the living room of the cottage, you will find a framed information sheet on connections for the Wi-Fi and contact information for during your stay.

We hope you enjoy your stay with us!

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